Biden Kills 1,500 Jobs Paying $150 Million Per Year
The mine is projected to create about 1,450 jobs and pay about $149 million
Joe Biden has nuked 1,450 jobs by ceasing progress on Arizona’s Resolution Copper project, which was expected to create an economic impact of more than $1 billion to Arizona’s economy every year.
The U.S. Forest Service withdrew a decision based on a final environmental impact statement issued in January that would have allowed a copper mine project near Superior, Arizona.
The Resolution Copper Project involves a land swap involving more than 2,000 acres of land that several Native American tribes consider sacred.
Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey reacted to the news.
“Arizona has a long history of responsible mining, showing that we can have a robust mining sector while protecting our environment and cultural history,” Ducey said in a statement.
“My thanks to the USDA Forest Service for their partnership on a project that will benefit our mining industry, mining professionals, and entire state.”
“The mine is projected to create about 1,450 jobs and pay about $149 million annually. The Draft EIS estimated that the total direct and indirect economic impacts to the state would total more than $1 billion per year,” the statement read.
#BREAKING: The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn an environmental review, temporarily halting the transfer of Apache sacred site Oak Flat to Australian mining company Resolution Copper. https://t.co/uQmictgMbz— Emily McFarlan Miller (@emmillerwrites) March 1, 2021
“An effective and predictable regulatory environment is a critical factor in Arizona’s booming economy."
"In Arizona, we follow what works. Undoing lengthy, comprehensive, and already-completed federal environmental studies on a whim with the changing of federal administrations doesn’t work,” the statement continued.
“This type of activity threatens an untold number of major projects in Arizona and around the country. I am calling on the USDA to reissue these crucial documents in a timely manner and continue progress on this job-creating project.”
The Forest Service already ruled the ground could be mined ethically and safely, but Biden was not having it.
The USDA said it had “concluded that additional time is necessary to fully understand concerns raised by Tribes and the public and the project’s impacts to these important resources and ensure the agency’s compliance with federal law.”
Activist groups praised the news:
“This is the right move by the Department of Agriculture,” said San Carlos Apache Tribe Chairman Terry Rambler in a statement, according to The Republic. ‘
“The Resolution project will desecrate Chich’il Bildagoteel, also known as Oak Flat, which is the heart of our religious and cultural beliefs.”
“Resolution has stated that the block cave mining method is safe, environmentally sound, and cost-effective,” The Arizona Republic reported.
“But Resolution and the Forest Service have also said that Oak Flat would eventually sink, creating a crater nearly 2 miles in diameter and about 800 to 1,000 feet deep, according to the study mandated by the National Environmental Protection Act.”